Image caption: Manny Charlton during The Fluffy Jackets session at Sun Studio, Memphis TN, 2011
Manny Charlton, guitarist, engineer, producer
Manny Charlton (25 July 1941 25 - 5 July 2022) was famous for the guitar riffs that catapulted the international Scottish rock band Nazareth to stardom during the 1970s.
He played on, produced and wrote most of their greatest hits, including Broken Down Angel, Bad Bad Boy, Hair of the Dog and countless others, not to mention producing the prototype rock ballad “Love Hurts” which was a top 10 hit around the world in 1975 and stayed an unprecedented 60 weeks in the Norwegian chart. Manny Charlton left Nazareth in 1990, and subsequently relocated to Fort Worth, USA in 1997 before moving back to Europe in 2015, where he lived in Cordoba, southern Spain.
Manny Charlton released several high-quality albums since leaving Nazareth, including “Hellacious” from 2014, which features an all-star line-up of classic rock legends, including Tim Bogert (formerly of Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and Beck, Bogert & Appice), drummer Walfredo Reyes Jr. (Santana, Traffic, Steve Winwood and Lindsey Buckingham.), Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard), Robert Sarzo (Quiet Riot), Steven Adler (Guns'n'Roses) and a talented New York-based singer, Robyn DeLarenzo.
Manny Charlton was instrumental in completing the award-winning Fighting Demons album from 2014, producing the session at the legendary Sun Studio. He even wrote a new song for the Fluffy debut album called “Can’t Stop the Rain”. Manny Charlton was also the producer, guitarist and co-writer of our sophomore Fluffy Jackets album "Something from Nothing" (2019).
They say you should never meet your heroes, but not so with Manny Charlton. It was a pleasure to work with him and a true honor to feature him on our songs.
Manny Charlton sadly passed away on the 5th July 2022 during a visit to the USA. He was 80 years old.
In loving memory - Manny Charlton (RIP).